As an accredited member of the Veterans Advocacy and Benefits Association, Secure Choice Lending is eternally grateful for the sacrifices our veterans and active military personnel have made to protect our freedom. You are our heroes and it is our pleasure to assist you in buying your home with a VA home loan. VA Loans are available to veterans and active military members. It is a great option if you don’t have any funds for a down payment.
Like FHA Loans, VA Loans are easier to qualify for than conventional loans. Additionally, they include myriad benefits, such as 100% financing. If you are a veteran or an active member of the military, and are looking to purchase a home, you will find everything you need to know about VA Loans below.
VA home loans are provided by private lenders, such as Secure Choice Lending. A portion of the loan is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This enables the lender to provide you with more favorable terms.
VA Loans are easier to qualify for than conventional loans.
While these loans do not require mortgage insurance, there usually is an upfront VA funding fee, which can be rolled into the loan or paid by the seller.
VA Loans allow borrowers to qualify for 100% financing and many other benefits.
Take a look at some of the benefits of VA Loans:
VA home loans are available to veterans, active service members and, in some cases, surviving family members. Your eligibility for a VA home loan is determined by your length of service or service commitment, duty status and character of service.
To apply for your COE, you have to submit specific documents depending on the nature of your eligibility.
If you are a veteran or a current/former National Guard or Reserves member who has been activated Federal active service, you must submit a DD Form 214. It is required to have a copy showing the character of service (Item 24) and the narrative reason for separation (Item 28).
For Active Duty Service members, you will need to submit a current statement of service signed by the adjutant, personnel office or commander of the unit or higher headquarters. It must show your full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, entry date on active duty, the duration of any lost time and the name of the command providing the information.
For current National Guard or Reserves members who have never been Federal active service, you need to submit a statement of service signed by the adjutant, personnel officer or commander of your unit or higher headquarters. It must show your full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, entry date on duty, the total number of creditable years of service, the duration of any lost time and the name of the command providing the information.
For discharged members of the National Guard who have never been activated for Federal active service, you need the NGB Form 22, Report of Separation and Record of Service, for each period of National Guard service, and NGB Form 23, Retirement Points Accounting, and proof of the character of service.
For discharged members of the Selected Reserves who have never been activated for Federal active service, you need a copy of your latest annual retirement points statement and evidence of honorable service.
If you are a Surviving Spouse in Receipt of DIC (Dependency & Indemnity Compensation) benefits, you need to submit VA form 26-1817 and veteran’s DD214 (if available). Include veteran’s and surviving spouse’s Social Security Numbers on the 26-1817 form.
If you are a Surviving Spouse and are not receiving DIC (Dependency & Indemnity Compensation) benefits, you will need to submit the following to the appropriate Compensation and Pension office:
– VA form 21P-534-ARE
– DD214 (if available)
– Marriage License
– Death Certificate or DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty)
After gathering the appropriate documents, you can apply for your Certificate of Eligibility. To avoid confusion and mistakes, you can apply through Secure Choice Lending.
Secure Choice Lending can help you get your COE through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Web LGY or Automated Certificate of Eligibility (ACE) system.
The VA home loan process can be confusing. We are happy to help you navigate the process while explaining every step clearly.
Secure Choice Lending can assist you with a VA home loan
If you are unsure of your eligibility for a VA Loan, call us and we can help.
If you are unsure what documents you need to submit, call us and we will get your ducks in a row.
We will bend over backwards so you never have to feel overwhelmed by the process.
Secure Choice Lending is a full-service mortgage broker that will secure you a mortgage that doesn’t break the bank.
To streamline the lending experience, our team of financial experts matches consumer needs with the appropriate loan programs and level of risk. With loan officers versed in all mortgage types, solutions to your home-buying questions are a phone call away.